Free driver classes for vets
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 12, 2012 | 923 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A driver safety class is being offered to veterans for free in November.

Veterans, their spouses and children of caregivers are eligible to attend AARP’s safe driving class on Nov. 13 and 14 free of charge, according to local safety driver instructor Diana Whittle.

The class is being offered at the SkyRidge Medical Center’s Westside Drive campus at 8:30 a.m. each day.

“Normally it’s $12 for an AARP member and $15 for a nonmember. So, it’s a pretty good deal, and if your over the age of 50 you can probably get a discount on their (car) insurance,” Whittle said.

She said whether or not a discount is offered depends on what kind of insurance the person has. The only real way to know whether a discount is offered or not is to ask one’s insurance agent.

Whittle said the organization is offering the opportunity as a way to honor veterans. Armed forces included in the promotion include the Army; Navy; Air Force; Marines; National Guard and Reserves; and Coast Guard.

“This is the first time SkyRidge is doing this,” Whittle said.

She said the facility has an ideal room for the class. Whittle said she would love to see the class full of veterans.

She said the class will also be offered free to spouses of deceased veterans.

Paperwork proving service or service of the relative in question will be required.

The program reminds seasoned drivers of basic safety precautions and highlights the changes that age brings to driving.

“There’s no test involved. There’s no driving involved,” Whittle said.

This is the organization’s second year offering the free classes for veterans.

“The certificate they receive from this class is good for three years for a discount on their car insurance (if one is available),” Whittle said.

Space is limited because of classroom size. Registration is required and can be made by calling 559-6887.

While the class is designed for those 50 and older, younger people who feel it would be beneficial are also invited to attend, Whittle said.